From Forced Migration to Nelson Mandela: The Civil Rights Movement and Global Human Rights
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course surveys the history of a turbulent 500-year period. Social reforms and struggles have brought about profound changes in the way in which society today operates. The module considers the rise of colonialism, imperialism, racial segregation and the apartheid system, and looks at key themes and developments, such as the forced migration of the 1600s to 1800s, 19th century abolition and emancipation, the struggle for Black Civil Rights in the USA and ideas of Black Nationalism in Mandela’s South Africa.
1. Forced Migration: Africans & New World Slavery (1600-1807)
Triangular trade, Middle Passage, Modes of subjection, Treatment
2. Toussaint L’Ouverture
Black resistance fighter Slave revolts in Haiti and the Caribbean
3. Abolition and Emancipation, 1807-1865
Broad overview of the struggle for abolition and emancipation, culminating in the American Civil War and the Slave Trade Act
4. Frederick Douglass (1818-1895): Black Abolitionist
Overview of Douglass’s life and experiences as a slave and abolitionist in Britain and America
5. Prejudice & Segregation in the USA & UK
The Black Codes and Jim Crow (1865-1955); broad overview of the legal and cultural systematic exclusion of blacks
6. Booker T Washington: Black educator
Overview of Washington’s life and attempts to elevate the black community, and how his relatively moderate stance might be contrasted to more radical figures like Du Bois
7. Black Nationalism: Garvey to Mandela
Explores the ideas of Black Nationalism, the return to Africa and the struggles against colonialist racism
8. The Struggle for Black Civil Rights in the USA, 1955-68
Broad overview of the struggle and its defining moments
9. The Struggle continues with Women Protagonists
Case studies of Harriet Tubman, Ida B Wells, Nanny the Maroon and Winnie Mandela
10. Malcolm X & Martin Luther King
Compare and contrast two key figures of the struggle
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
There will be a mixture of short lectures, small group teaching and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss examples and case-studies. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the ideas and concepts discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.
Coursework and Assessment
Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material. At the tutor’s discretion, part of the assessment may be by a presentation. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Archer, Jules. (1993) They Had A Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle, A Puffin Book.
- Cashmore, Ellis. Jennings, James. Edited (2001) Racism: Essential Readings, Sage Publication Ltd.
- Fairclough, Adam. (2001) Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality 1890-2000, A Penguin Book.
- Harris, E, Joseph (ed.) (1993) Global Dimension of the African Diaspora. Second Edition, Howard University Press.
- Hochschild, Adam. (2005) Bury The Chains: The British Struggle To Abolish Slavery, Macmillan.
- Paterson, David. Willoughby, Doug. Willoughby. (2001) Civil Rights in the USA, 1863-1980, Heinemann Educational Publishers.
- Schama, Simon. (2005) Rough Crossings: Britain, The Slaves and the American Revolution. BBC Books.
- Williams, Eric. (1944; 1964) Capitalism and Slavery, Andre Deutsch.
- Beckett, W, F, Ian. (1993) The American Civil War, Alan Sutton Publishing Inc.
- Blaisdell, Bob. Edited, (2004) Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey, Dover Publication, Inc.
- Carson, Clayborne. Edited, (2002) The Autobiography of Martin Luther. King , Jr, An Abacus Book.
- Curry, E, George. Edited (1996) The Affirmative Action Debate, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.
- Du Bois, B, E, W. (1999) The Souls of Black Folk, Morton and Company.
- Frazier, R, Thomas. Edited, (1971) Afro-American History: Primary Sources. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.
- James, R, L, C. Breitman, George. Edgar, Keemer. (1980) Fighting Racism in World War II, The Anchor Foundation.
- McPherson, M, James. (1990) Battle cry of Freedom: The American Civil War, Penguin Books.
- Pincus, L, Fred. Ehrlich, J, Howard. (1994) Race and Ethnic Conflict, Western Press.
- Robinson, Carey. (1987) Fight For Freedom: The Destruction of Slavery in Jamaica. LMH Publishing.
- Sertima Van, Ivan. Edited, (2002) Great Black Leaders: Ancient and Modern, Journal of African civilisation Ltd., Inc.
- Washington, T, Booker. (2000) Up From Slavery, Oxford World Classics.
- Williams, L, Andrew. McFeely, S, William. (1997) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. An American Slave Written by Himself, Norton and Company.
- Williams, Chancellor. (1987) The Destruction of Black Civilisation: Great Issues of Race From 4500 B.C. To 2000 A.D., Third World Press.
- Woodson, G, Carter. (1933; 2000) The Mis-Education of the Negro, African American Images.
- X, Malcolm. Haley, Alex. (2001) The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Penguin Classics.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.